Top 5 Iconic Musical Themes from TV Shows
We all have our preferred television programs that we watch. Whether we enjoy the plot, the characters or even quoting some of our favorite lines, watching tv shows has become a requirement when we come home from work. While watching the numerous episodes are a great way to unwind, the musical themes that accompany the shows are also worth mentioning. These musical scores set the tone for the show and some of them are so memorable that even if these shows aren’t producing new episodes, we still can recall them based on hearing the musical themes alone. These five shows’ musical themes will surely bring back some memories and just may make you want to revisit them once again.
A show about nothing as it has always claimed, but in some ways, Seinfeld captured ordinary life and we got to see how one comedian would go about finding material to perform at his standups. Jonathan Wolff composed the now infamous musical theme that made Seinfeld the legendary show that it became. Just hearing this theme reminds us of the iconic characters, catchy catchphrases and just the sheer goofiness that this sitcom introduced to the world. Whether you watch this show when it comes on television or own all nine seasons, when we hear this musical theme, we know that we are in for a good time and that plenty of laughs are on the way.
“The Truth is Out There.” This sci-fi show explored the paranormal, the extraterrestrial and the strange. Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully are on the case when something truly unique arrives on their desk. Composer Mark Snow perfectly captures the mysterious, the weird and truly haunting episodes that made The X-Files such an iconic show. Even after all these years, this musical theme still gives us the creeps but we shouldn’t worry because we have two F.B.I. Agents who out in the field to uncover the truth.
A television program that was based off the R.L. Stine books that kept young readers engaged and sometimes kept us from sleeping at night. Lasting four seasons in total, Goosebumps may seem aged when looking at it today, but back in the mid-90s, this was the show that the youngsters were eager to watch. Composer Jack Lenz brings the stories from R.L. Stine to life with his musical score and even the opening scene was enough to creep us out when we were in our youth. Sure, reading the books was a lot of fun but watching the show brought the stories to the small screen and it delivered the scares. This musical theme reminds us of those memories.
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Think of Seinfeld but only if that show was allowed to use R-Rated type language. Larry David who co-created Seinfeld crafted this show about his fictional life and the result is an absolute blast. No matter what happens, we know that Larry is in for a rough ride no matter who he meets and what he encounters. We know that there’s going to be arguing, screaming, cursing and tempers will flair but we will be laughing during the course of it all. In fact, the infamous musical theme represents the chaos, goofiness and the fact that we don’t have to take the show seriously. The theme itself wasn’t written for the show, it traces back to an Italian film called La Bellissima Estate from 1974. That music was composed by Luciano Michelini. According to an interview with Larry David, he first heard the goofy music in the background of a bank commercial. Afterwards, Michelini agreed to give HBO the rights to his song and well, the rest is history.
Who doesn’t remember this iconic show?! Cops aired for 32 seasons until it was abruptly cancelled following the murder of George Floyd. This show followed real-life police officers who were on patrol and engaged with suspects and various other incidents that were caught on tape. Majority of the time, the show was immensely entertaining and the musical theme that began the show sealed Cops in infamy. Bad Boys by Inner Circle was the opening theme song that made the show was it was and not only was it used in the show but was also used in the Bad Boys movie franchise. Criminals could run but like the song suggests,
“Bad Boys, Bad Boys
Whatcha gonna do
Whatacha gonna do
When they come for you
Bad Boys, Bad Boys
Whatcha gonna do
Whatacha gonna do
When they come for you”
Everyone remembers the show, but we all know this song. We can’t help singing whenever it plays and we love every minute of it.
What are your favorite shows that have catchy musical themes? Let us know!